Traditional Festival Kicks Off in Osaka, Japan
The annual “Kishiwada Danjiri Festival” commenced in Kishiwada, Osaka today.
The festival highlight is “Yarimawashi” during which four-ton wooden floats are pulled at a right angle around street corners. Groups of men pull the floats at speed, encouraged by great cheers from the thousands lining the streets as each Yarimawashi is performed.
The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival expects more than 500,000 visitors over the 17th and 18th of September.
Translated and adapted from NTV NEWS24
Five Kishiwada Danjiri festival facts:
- The Kishiwada Danji Festival began in 1703
- Men risk their lives, dancing on top of the danjiri as they’re dragged around the streets
- More than 40 men have died in danjiri accidents over the last 100 years of the festival
- Each danjiri is sponsored and costs around 200,000,000 yen to make (over £1.5 million!)
- All Kishiwada residents must contribute to the cost of the danjiri – you can’t live in the city if you refuse!